Preston to fall silent to remember victims of Tunisia beach attack

Elaine and Denis Thwaites
Elaine and Denis Thwaites
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Flags will fly at half mast and Preston will fall silent tomorrow to remember the victims of the Tunisian beach attack.

The city will mark a national minute’s silence at midday, called by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Union Flags above the Town Hall and County Hall will fly at half mast all day, with staff and councillors holding a minute’s silence.

The mark of respect will take place across the country a week after the beach attack, and the bodies of Denis and Elaine Thwaites, from Blackpool, have now been flown home.

The couple, shot while relaxing on sun-beds at the resort of Sousse last Friday, were brought home by an RAF C-17 to Brize Norton yesterday.

They were among the first eight victims to be returned along with Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor and John Stollery.

The people of Blackpool are being urged to stop for the minute’s silence. Blackpool Town Hall will be the focus of the event, where a silence will be held on the steps in honour of Denis, 70 and Elaine, 69, who died when 23-year-old student Siefeddine Rezgui opened fire on tourists near their hotel, killing 38. The public are invited to join staff at Talbot Square for the tribute.